Criminal Psychology Diploma Level 4

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This Criminal Psychology course can be studied in two ways; either as an additional study to a Level 3 Criminology course or with no knowledge prior to enrolment. This area of study incorporates different terms such as: Forensic, Criminological, Legal and Police Psychology; but your course will be focused on Criminal Psychology.


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Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Paper or Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

The Criminal Psychology Diploma is an in depth look at the criminal mind and how it works. The course will also look at why criminals commit crime and the reasons behind criminal behaviour.

Course Introduction

There are many different sectors that deal with the psychology behind criminals, their actions and behaviours independently. Not only that but they also incorporate law, punishment and rehabilitation of convicted criminals.

Criminal psychology, also referred to as criminological psychology, is the study of the wills, thoughts, intentions and reactions of criminals and all that contributes to criminal behaviour. Which is why this course will teach you to understand how phases of a criminal’s life can affect their behaviours. We will do this by, first, assessing the bio psychosocial and developmental reasoning behind crime and the category of the crime committed. This in turn can help us understand the use of psychology in crime investigation; cultivating in a final discussion on the important bearing of psychology in the justice system.

There are four main ways Criminal Psychologists are involved in dealing with criminal proceedings.

These are the following:

Clinical: In this situation the psychologist is involved in assessment of individual in order to provide a clinical judgment. The psychologist can use assessment tools, interview or psychometric tool in order to aid in his/her assessment. These assessments can help police or other competitive organs determine how to process the individual in question. For example, help finding out whether he/she is capable to stand trial or whether the individual has mental illness which means, that he/she is unable to understand the proceedings.

Experimental: In this case the task of psychologist is to perform a research in order to inform a case. This can involve executing experimental tests for the purposes of illustrating a point or providing further information to courts. This may involve false memory, eyewitness credibility experiments and such. For example, this way questions similar to “how likely would a witness see an object in 100 meters?” will be answered.

Actuarial: This role involves usage of statistics in order to inform a case. For example, a psychologist may be asked to provide probability of an event occurring. Therefore, the courts may ask how likely a person will reoffend if a sentence is declined.

Advisory: Here a psychologist may advice police about how to proceed with the investigation. For example, which is the best way to interview the individual, how best cross-examine a vulnerable or another expert witness, how an offender will act after committing the offence.

In this course you cover an array of interesting topics; ranging from theories of crimes to the nature of actual crime committed. We look at different profiling techniques in addition to other tools used when investigating a criminal offence.

It has been argued that forensic and criminal psychology are the two sides of the same coin. Therefore, in our final course section we cover a few topics covered by Legal Psychology; which is widely considered a sub-discipline of both Forensic and Criminal psychology.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Module 1: Theories of Crime (I) – Psychological

Module 2: Theories of Crime (II) – Biological

Module 3: Theories of Crime (III) – Sociological

Module 4: Theories of Crime (IV) – Developmental

Module 5: Substance Misuse (Drugs, Alcohol & Crime)

Module 6: Violence & Violent Offences

Module 7: Sex Offences

Module 8: Arson

Module 9: Stalking

Module 10: Serial Murder

Module 11: Terrorism

Module 12: Mental Health & Crime

Module 13: Offender Profiling

Module 14: Geographic Profiling

Module 15: Police Interviewing – The Suspect & The Witness

Module 16: Detecting Deception (Lie Detection, Polygraph etc.)

Module 17: Eyewitness Testimony


This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course. Alternatively, you can study for this course online to save some money on your course and study through the internet with the materials available 24/7 on any computer or smart device.


A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

NCFE Customised Qualification

NCFE Customised Qualification

This qualification has been developed by NCC Home Learning to meet the specific needs of learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigour.


NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

This qualification has been accredited as a Customised Qualification and NCC have benchmarked the qualification’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria at the level shown using Ofqual’s level descriptors to allow you to demonstrate the difficulty and depth of study.

On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.


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